Focal an Lae #141
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: olann (OL-uhn) [olən]

Meaning: olann = wool


History: Old Irish “olann” (possibly borrowed from early Welsh), Welsh “gwlan” and Breton “gloan” come from Common Celtic *wlanā-, from Indo-European *wlə-nā-, the suffixed zero grade of *welə- (wool), which may be derived from the root *wel- (to pull, tear). English “wool” is a clear cognate.

2008-06-19 CPD